American Statistical Association Announces R Language Course

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Alexandria class, open to members and non-members, covers functionality of R language, not statistical concepts.

The American Statistical Association (ASA) is sponsoring a two-day, hands-on workshop October 18-19 on R, the free interactive programming language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. "An Introduction to the Fundamentals and Functionality of the R Language" is intended for those interested in learning the basics of R. No prior experience with R is necessary, but basic programming knowledge is helpful.

The course is open to ASA members and non-members and will emphasize the fundamentals and functionality of the language, not statistical concepts and techniques. Four sections will be presented: (1) an overview of some language essentials, (2) data manipulation, (3) descriptive statistics, and (4) graphics.

The course will be taught by Theresa Scott, who has offered a weekly R Clinic at Vanderbilt University since 2005. She also is a member of the project to develop the R add-on report package that produces statistical reports in LaTeX for clinical trials, such as interim reports for data monitoring committees. The location for the course is the ASA office at 732 North Washington Street in Alexandria.

Registration will remain open until October 12. Complete information on downloading and installing R, course pricing and online registration is available at

About the American Statistical Association
The American Statistical Association (ASA), a scientific and educational society founded in Boston in 1839, is the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 160 years, ASA has been providing its 18,000 members serving in academia, government, and industry and the public with up-to-date, useful information about statistics. The ASA has a proud tradition of service to statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statistics across a wealth of academic areas and applications. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the association's web site at or call 703.684.1221.

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